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Glam Glow Pout Mud

I’ve just returned from a 3 week cruise around the Mediterranean. Before I left, I went through a weird frenzy where I wanted to buy ALL the lip products for my trip (never mind that I have about 62 lip glosses/balms/oil). When I travel, I like to dial down my makeup routine and didn’t want to use the normal lip glosses I use for work – I was looking for something low key that I could just slap on, without looking too ‘done’. I found Glam Glow’s Pout Mud (Love Scene) at Woolies one day while I was browsing for a new fragrance.

Glam Glow says their Pout Muds give you sexy hydrated lips. And I can’t argue with that. The Moroccan Mint scented lip treatment left me with tingly, smooth, shiny, soft, hydrated & restored lips. 

 

Pout Mud pots are formulated with a cocktail of lip nourishing ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Jojoba seed oil and beeswax

I love the packaging! Although a little cumbersome, the pot is easy to identify in your bag because of the shape, and the silver, snitch-like looking ball is cool. The only thing I didn’t like is that you have to open the pot and stick your finger in the actual balm. It’s not the worst, it’s just not the best. For every day use, I find the colour payoff too light, but I would definitely repurchase for travel. It’s ideal for when you want a little somethin’ somethin’, but not too much.

These cuties are available from Woolies for around R295.

Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eyeshadow Palette

As I mentioned above, before I went on the cruise, I went on a “I must replace most things in my makeup bag” mission. It was really quite a lot of fun, because how many times do we get to do that? We usually stick to the same products, and just replace the old ones when they run out. I wanted to get a new eyeshadow palette (because 4 neutral matte & shimmer palettes aren’t enough), and the Stila Matte ‘N Metal palette caught my eye. It has just the right mix of matte and shimmer shades in gorgeous colours like pink rose golds, cool-toned pewters and golden bronzes. I was a bit hesitant to part with R795 when I already have lot of similar shadows, and I read mixed reviews about why you don’t really need this palette in your life. But I’m so glad I got it. The packaging is luxe and pretty on the eye, it’s relatively smaller than the Naked palettes, travels better (even though I had to make sure it was cradled in my makeup bag so that if the luggage people got rowdy with my bags, no harm would come to my precious palette) and offers all the beautiful colours you need. You can easily create casual day time eyes as well as smouldering smokey looks. I say all the colours, but I think I need to say almost all the colours. The only colour I found myself reaching for was a light medium transition shade, but luckily my bronzer managed to double as that. I also like that it has a mixture of cool and warm toned shades.

All in all, I love this palette. If you want a neutral palette, but aren’t big into makeup, I think this palette would suit all your eyeshadow needs.

Do you change your makeup when you travel?

 

I am a lover of dry shampoo. I use it every day. Even when I’ve just finished washing, drying and styling my hair, I’ll put some in to give my hair some volume. I have to try hard not to use it. 

Can you relate?

I’ve tried many brands of the stuff, some dismal, some amazing. Go here to witness the show down between two of my preferred brands. I switch between Batiste and Colab (Moroccanoil too, but it just doesn’t make financial sense at the rate I go through the stuff) but I think I’ve added a new favourite to my repertoire. Why? 

  • It’s not as gritty as Batiste or Colab – sometimes I find my hair difficult to brush out when I use these brands. Not with Girlz only…
  • My hair is easy to brush out
  • It freshens up my hair instantly and I feel like I need to use less of it
  • It doesn’t leave a white residue (even if I spray it too close, the white patch is easy to brush out)
  • It’s more affordable than Batiste or Colab, which are priced at around R90, coming in at around R50. When you use it as much as I do, that makes a huge difference. 

The bottom line is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand, and I’m impressed by its quality and price point. If you’re a dry shampoo pro or a newbie, check this brand out. 

I tried Party Nights and Hazy Days . They both smell pretty, and I like that they have a range of different scents, as well as a dry shampoo for brunettes and one for blondes. I’m keen to try out the volumising kind, XXL.

The only downside to the this product (which comes off the back of the first pro listed above) is that because the product isn’t so gritty compared to Batiste or Colab, it’s almost not as effective. How I counter this is by using the different brands on alternating days, so there’s not a crazy build up.

Available at Clicks and Dis Chem. Find out more info online here.

Dehydrated skin is a common skin condition. You can even have dehydrated oily skin, that’s how far reaching it is. I suffer from dehydrated skin, so I know the schlep it takes to keep it hydrated (skin masks, sheet masks, serums, creams, mists). Dehydrated skin isn’t a good look. Have you ever seen a good looking prune?

Hyaluronic acid is key to maintaining hydrated skin, and Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost contains a Hylauronic Gel Matrix to provide hydration.

Here’s what Neutrogena say about their new range:  “Forget moisturisation, start thinking hydration. NEW from Neutrogena®, Hydro Boost® is your complete hydration regime. For skin so hydrated and supple, it bounces back.”

Hydro Boost Cleanser Water Gel

If I use a cleanser that’s too harsh for my skin, it leaves it feeling tight. Not this one. It smells like a dream, foams up nicely and does a super job of cleaning my skin as step 2 in my double cleanse regime. All in all, it’s my favourite gel/foaming drugstore cleanser of all time and I will buy it for as long as they make it (or until another better one comes around). It’s my favourite for two reasons: price point (low) and quality (high). Available for around R100.

Hydro Boost Exfoliator Smoothing Gel

By now you all know that exfoliating is good for your skin. Every day there’s a build up of skin cells on your skin’s surface which can leave it looking dull and dry. Exfoliating gets rid of this old skin, revealing younger looking skin. Products also penetrate better when your skin is fresh. Whether your choice is chemical or physical, I love both and I keep this one from Neutrogena in the shower. It’s not the best in terms of exfoliating, but I like it because I use Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial once a week (which is quite intense), Filorga’s Oxygen Peel in the morning and Dermafix’s Derma Polish, so this is just an in-betweener as well as a facial cleanser. I think I’ll carry on buying it for the shower. If you’re buying it for exfoliating purposes, you’ll be disappointed. Around R100. 

Hydro Boost City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25

This sun cream is beautiful! It’s a pale blue, gel cream and smells just as gorgeous as the rest of the range. It goes on evenly and is kind and loving to my skin. Even though in my mind it’s a low factor of just 25, I use this when I know I’m not going in the sun that day. It’s not good enough for my sun days, but it’s an amazing and affordable sun care option for office days. Around R140.

I’m in love with this range. It definitely does provide more hydration and strips skin less, smells delightful and is so affordable. In my opinion, it lives up to all its claims. 

Hydro Boost Boost Gel Cream 

Only now starting to truly realise the importance of taking care of my neck and chest, I decided to pick this up for those areas. I don’t want to use my très expensive products on those larger areas because they can’t absorb product like your facial skin can. I apply it every morning and evening, and it really leaves my skin hydrated and supple. I really do like it. Apparently the Water Gel is also really good, so maybe I’ll pick that up next.

Update: I’ve started using this on my face and I freaking love it! I apply it after my essence and CE Ferulic and then apply sun cream. It hydrates my skin so well, my foundation never looks cakey and my skin is just happy. If you have dry skin and you haven’t tried it, go go go!

Available from Clicks (who are currently having a 3 for 2 promotion), Dis Chem and Foschini. 

Recently I attended a launch for two new products, both of which are touted as anti-ageing, so I was super amped.

Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules

Exuviance describes their Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules as: “Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin’s matrix, improve skin firmness and smooth wrinkles, as well as brighten spots for a more even, radiant complexion. A potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps neutralize oxidative damage from everyday environmental exposure to decelerate signs of aging.” 

How to use?

At night time, before your moisturiser – the serum sinks in really easily. I use it 2-3 times weekly, making sure to exfoliate beforehand for maximum product penetration. 

Performance

Vitamin C is formulated to restore firmness, smooth lines, brighten uneven tone and is the reason why my skin is glowing and more even. Whenever I use a capsule, I wake up in the morning to absolutely glowing, radiant and refreshed skin.

I am loving these capsules and would recommend them to anyone looking to soften fine lines or even out skin tone. The only thing I don’t enjoy (although I kinda do, because it makes me think of popping candy on my skin) is the bursting, stinging sensation produces on my skin (apparently this doesn’t happen to everyone). If it does happen to you, just mix one capsule into your night time moisturiser and apply to skin. Or don’t and enjoy the pain.

Oh, and if you travel, you will love these babies! There’s no need to carry the whole bottle, you can just pop a few of these capsules into your toiletry bag.  

Importantly, don’t eat them! They’re not for ingestion. They’re filled with serum for application only.

Even though I received them as a press sample, I would definitely use my own money to buy them in the future. Available at Dermastore here for R1160 per bottle.

 

NeoStrata® Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

NeoStrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is a silky serum formulated with a proprietary triple anti-ageing complex to help volumise slack skin, renew skin tone and smooth rough texture while improving overall signs of photo-damage. It is formulated for both those showing signs of early and more mature skin ageing. Not suitable for sensitive or rosacea skins.

How to use?

Apply 3-5 drops to your face after cleansing – morning and evening. 

Performance

The heavy glass bottle has an elegant ombré silver tint, and an easy-to-use dropper. The serum is a lightweight, slightly milky gel, which is absorbed in a flash, without any residue. It feels so gentle and refreshing to apply and my skin immediately feels luxuriously soft. After a month of use, my skin looks more plumped out and a little firmer.  A small amount goes a long way.

The Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is formulated to rejuvenate ageing skin in three different ways:

Volumising slack skin with Aminofil, a patented amino acid derivative. This is supposed to plump and firm so the skin looks lifted. The effect is subtle and my skin looks soft and plumped up after a month of use.
Evening skin tone with gluconolactone to exfoliate. This molecule is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) which is gentler than AHA and with an added moisturising effect. I haven’t really noticed much of an overall lightening effect, but my skin is fair.
Smoothing skin with low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which moisturises and plumps skin up. My fine lines look a little less ‘liney’. I haven’t used the product for 3 months consistently, but I can confidently say that I have noticed an increase in my skin’s luminosity when I do use this product.

As with any other beauty product, in order for the “magic” to happen, consistency is key. Remember that while this will help to improve the skin laxity, no topical product alone can give the results of a tightening skin procedure such as fractional laser or a surgical facelift. This serum can also be used to enhance the results of these treatments.

Available at Dermastore here for R 1035.

By now you’ve heard about Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. It’s been popping up on Instagram, the beauty pages of all the best magazines and beauty bloggers have been giving it some serious airtime. 

Obviously when everyone is going mad for something, your curiosity is piqued and you feel like you have a serious case of FOMO if you can’t check it out. Lucky for me, I knew someone coming in from the States, and managed to get my hands on a bottle (which I got from Sephora – although, very frustratingly, couldn’t manage to purchase online so he had to go in store to get it).

Let’s get straight to it

Formulated with 25% AHAs (glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids) and 2% BHAs (salicylic acid) to slough off dead skin cells and help refine the texture of your skin, Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is also made with antioxidant-packed ingredients like soothing matcha tea, vitamin C–spiked apple, and redness-fighting niacinamide to brighten and help fight off free radicals. 
I have very dry, and slightly sensitive skin. When I first tried this mask, it stung like mad – it felt like small elastic bands shooting me in the face. But, being the product sadist that I am (when it makes me uncomfortable, I know it’s working) I just smiled through it. It lasted for about a minute and then cooled to a slight tingle. After 20 minutes, as per the instructions, I washed it off to amazing, baby-like skin. My skin looked so smooth my mom immediately, very enthusiastically commented how glow-y and beautiful my skin looked! It looked like I had just had a facial – they don’t call it Babyfacial for nothing! For the next few days, my skin felt smooth to the touch, and also started to peel. 
 
The bottom line is that it’s one of my favourite masks and worth every cent and the effort required to get it here. It absolutely lives up to the hype. It’s basically an at-home peel and it addresses skin texture and tone, it exfoliates and removes dead skin, takes away dullness, evens out skin tone, cleans pores and helps with pigmentation and fine lines. 
 
I love the packaging, the name, the concept, the colours the various products come in and how founder, Tiffany Masterson wanted something that didn’t exist so she made it herself. 
 
P.S. You shouldn’t use it more than twice a week (I only usually use it once a week) and don’t use any other AHA/BHA or retinol products on the same day.